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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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83
good

202 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: veech on 09-23-2006)
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours extremely dark brown, very dark chocolate. Murky brown highlights accent the sides of the glass. SMall white head disappears rather abruptly, leaving small pox of lacing, but nothing very impressive.

Aroma is mostly void. A bit of chocolate malt with a hint of breadiness. Nothing else.

Decent flavor. Slightly bitter. Chocolate malts are heavy up front with a bit of astringency. For some reason, this beer kind of tastes like the beers I have had from Foothills, like they use the same yeast or something.

Kind of astringent and chalky in the finish with some bitterness. Certainly not the best stout I have but I suppose this one is serviceable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 21:56:07 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +9%

12-27-2011 13:42:30 | More by Lantern
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-28-2013 01:47:27 | More by DRBiser
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing. Bottle from July 2011.

Appearance
Spidery889 lace is left crawling from a receding head. The beer is a thinner looking middle-roasted brown that collects a thin black.

Aroma
The nose is fruity and ashy. Some smoke wafts in and out.

Taste
There is an even roast that never quite reaches burnt or charred. Smoke is light, but adds a welcome ashiness to the flavor profile. The finish is woody/charcoal and grassy.

Mouthfeel
The body is thin, but the finish is nice and dry which plays off of the smoke and ashy flavors.

Overall
A decent one, I suppose. Nothing over the top, but nothing gross either.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 21:00:17 | More by MbpBugeye
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark cola with very little cocoa head

very rich, full of toffee and caramel. light roasted malts.

very roasted through out. a nice subtle burnt charcoal flavor. light richness through out. a bit of burnt wood. a hint of citrus.

body is a bit thin but the carbonation is nice.

for the low ABV and big flavor, this is pretty good. i would love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:05:34 | More by hooliganlife
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-30-2013 00:47:54 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice black features with dark brown edges, there was a large bubbly and lively head.

The scent is exceptionally weak but there are dry chocolate notes and lactose-sweetness.

Strong carbonated tastes and feel there's a wateriness that fills the mouth. Dry Graham cracker, dry chocolate and a plastic milkiness exist but get lost in the water.

I brought this to a bottle share and walked away embarrassed.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:38:28 | More by KYGunner
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber pours a near black with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. The disconcertingly effervescent head with very large bubbles settles down within a couple of minutes, but not attractive and not a pleasant pour.

Aroma of roasted dark malts and dark chocolate, with some smoky wooden barrel in the background. A warm and robust aroma with good depth. The taste is more single dimensional and surprisingly astringent, with a bitterness that some may not enjoy as much. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected.

Purchased in North Carolina and a brewery I'm glad to have supported, but not a beer I’d choose over many other American Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:06:30 | More by hopsolutely
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-18-2012 18:57:44 | More by Mantooth
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Brawley's in Charlotte, NC.

A - Black with very little light coming through. A big tan head with some lacing. Very inviting.

S - Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and a hint of hops.

T - Silky smooth with no rough edges. There's a small roasted flavor but it's nicely balanced. It's pretty dry and there's a mild hop bitterness that accompanies the malts.

M - Creamy but not especially think with a nice low carbonation.

D - Fun, flavorful and easy to drink. A nice NC beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 21:33:42 | More by GJ40
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-28-2013 03:15:08 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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GTB

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-15-2012 01:03:04 | More by GTB
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claytong

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i was thinking this was an 09 but im not sure... best by is 7-11

appearance - dark dark brown with a decent mocha head dissipates and leaves minor lacing that stays forever.

smell - dark malts, bakers chocolate is minor, roasted malts, minor caramel

taste - similar but much more mellow

mouthfeel - thin but this is 5.8 stout im not use to it. and actually for that its thick and nicely carbonated especially for after best by

overall - nice beer for the style but i prefer oatmeal stouts just to more complexity and thicker bodies if i want a low abv and cheap price.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 08:16:37 | More by claytong
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-06-2012 01:03:01 | More by BigTrubble
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RickS95

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with a touch of brown. Not quite opaque. The head is off tan and moderate, but fades shortly leaving good brown lacing on the sides.

Chocolate malts fill the nose. In the background, there's a sense of licorice.

Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and the bittering of hops dance on the tongue. As it warms, and deep in the swallow, the coffee flavors really come out.

It tries and wants to be creamy and smooth, but it's just not. It's medium bodied and more bitter than you'd expect. Having said that, there is a certain crispness and dryness in the finish.

This beer has strong assertive flavors. It's relatively low in the ABV and it lacks the creaminess I'm looking for in a stout. Overall, better than average, but just shy of good.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:27:16 | More by RickS95
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-10-2013 01:00:36 | More by kristougher
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-20-2013 02:43:15 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

02-14-2014 16:11:08 | More by robwestcott
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

12-01-2012 02:19:45 | More by FUwolfpacker
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this one up on a trip back in the spring to Boone, NC. Review is from notes taken on 7/30/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark brown, near black (similar to coffee); starts with a very short 1/4 finger creamy tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than an uneven and incomplete skim on the surface; body is dark, nearly opaque;

Smell: Smell is decent for an American Stout, which is good because typically I find them a little less than satisfying; earthy roastiness with a touch of bitter, grassy hop to it; bit of a bittersweet chocolate as well.

Taste: Again, not too bad, but it's pretty much spot on with the nose; plenty of earthy roastiness with a solid bit of bitter, grassy hops; touch of a metallic/coppery flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Like almost all American Stouts, body is a tad disappointing to me -- fairly thin with moderately strong carbonation; a thin stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall: It's worth trying, but nothing to get too excited about. Moderately low carbonation (under 6%), so it isn't going to get anyone too wasted, and it's not heavy at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:19:13 | More by bamadog
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light black in color is such a color exist. It's black but not opaque like many beers of the style. 1" tan head last awhile and then disappears leaving little evidence that it was ever there.
Wonderful aroma of bitter chocolate and a certain earthiness that I can't put my finger on, but I like it.
Good flavors of baker's chocolate, roasted malts and a nice hoppiness to round it out. Earthy, fruity and could be some citrus. Very dry finish which really makes this beer.
Mouthfeel is good. I really like how dry it is but it could use just a bit more body.
Great session stout. A beer you should try and try and try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 05:12:05 | More by wcudwight
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is near jet black, enormous coffee head with a decent showing of lace

Smell & taste: Bold and aggressive, dark coffee and bitter chocolate with licorice and peat. Very dry

Mouthfeel: very cream with nice carbonation, strong coffee aftertaste

Drinkability: Flavors are a bit bold to get down quickly, otherwise a great stout for a great price

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:19:34 | More by craytonic
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Handsome ruby highlights in this dark brew. Modestly sized tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing up top.

Nose is full of bold chocolate and roast with a vague fruitiness. Flavors definitely lean more toward the roasted (sometimes charred) end of the scale, but mild semisweet chocolate and a dusting of cocoa somewhat soften the blow. A brief flash of juiciness and a sting of pine. Dryish finish, but not so dry as to discourage extended enjoyment. Very solid stout here.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 23:32:14 | More by PDXHops
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle a courteous extra from Beerness. Thank you, Charlie.

Charcoal black with a nice tan fluff that drops and leaves spotty lace along the sides and surface

Loads of black malt dominate the nose. Behind lurks some dark chocolate, coffee, and hops. It's nice, but the black patent is so in your face that the others stars are dimmed by its massive shadow.

The taste is nearly a carbon copy of the nose. Bitterness greets front and center and remains throughout. Hops, in the form of citric orange, showcase themselves towards the back end but are merely a pleasant flicker before being beaten down the the bitter wave that carried them there. Some day old coffee pushes the edges as well, but it too quickly receives the monstrous malt bill's shepherd's crook and is removed stage left.

The mouthfeel here falls a bit short and some smooth creaminess might help to assuage the barrage.

The drinkability here is good, but I can't help wonder what this stout could be if the secondary flavors were allowed to showcase themselves a bit more. By no means unenjoyable, but there is potential here for much more.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:14:46 | More by BarrytheBear
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KajII

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic pint]

The pour was a very dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that had great retention, slowly reducing to a thick cap which lasted throughout and had good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a burnt bread malt, light resin hops and a bold leathery yeast with notes of bakers’ chocolate, roasted coffee and a charred smoky scent.

The taste was bitter, malty and rather roasty with a strong bitter chocolate note from the beginning, progressing with a strong hoppiness, a bitter coffee presence and a bold charred taste towards the end. The flavor lasted a very long time after the swallow, with a mild charred hoppy taste hitting you right in the back of the throat and lingering for just a little while longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a quite lively carbonation.

Overall this was a bold and roasty Stout with a smoky charred finish and a good smooth drinkability...

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Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 15:24:36 | More by KajII
Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.